It's another No. 12 over a No. 5. Still, the future is bright for Richard Pitino’s program.
For what it's worth, Barack Obama doesn't see the Big Ten having much success in the NCAA tournament. See the former President's full bracket inside.
If one of the Big Ten's seven teams is going to reach the summit, a key player for each squad will need to step up. And, here is that key player, according to BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart.
Now that you've had a couple days to consider the NCAA tournament bracket, BTN researcher Harold Shelton decided it was as good time to share 10 fun Big Ten facts about the NCAA tourney.
This is the most improved team in the nation, as Richard Pitino has enjoyed a breakout in his fourth season on the job going from 8-23 to 24-9. This isn’t a deep team, though. And depth took another hit in the Big Ten tourney when Akeem Springs suffered a season-ending injury.
Now that a Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan has been crowned after blazing an incredible four-day trail through D.C., it’s time to pick the “bests” from the event celebrating its 20th season. It’s tough to narrow down these picks after 13 games in five days, but here they are.
Seven Big Ten teams made the NCAA tournament, it was announced Sunday night. Big Ten regular-season champ Purdue headlines the conference as the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region, while Big Ten tourney champion Michigan is the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region.
First, Michigan knocked off No. 9 Illinois and No. 1 Purdue. Now, No. 4 Minnesota is out, falling 84-77 to the Wolverines, who will play in the title game for the first time since 2014.
Starting Minnesota guard Akeem Springs is out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon in his right ankle.
Minnesota held off Michigan State, 63-58, in the Big Ten quarterfinals Friday afternoon. The Golden Gophers will play Michigan in the semifinals at 1 p.m. ET Saturday. Get Tom Dienhart's best from Minnesota's win inside.